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Apr 26, 2012 10:16PM
Someone once said, "There are two kinds of children's books. Ones written for children, and ones written for philosophers." Apparently, there is a third category: ones written for parents who need a warm-fuzzy fix.
I actually really enjoy Van Allsburg's books-- except this one. I think it has to do with what you were saying about page after page of landscapes, mood-setting, and n o t h i n g happening, wrapped up by a sweet nostalgia that I can't imagine a kid relating to.
I am far fonder of the children's books written for philosophers, which Van Allsburg is more than capable of writing. "Widow's Broom" ranks up there with Shaun Tan's "The Arrival."
Apr 27, 2012 02:46PM
Drowningmermaid, I'll have to check out Widow's Broom. Thanks for the recommendation. Love Shaun Tan.
Dec 20, 2012 10:24AM
"has no pull on the hearts of children'?? This was one of my favorite books as a kid! What kid wouldn't want to go on a train to the North Pole?!
Dec 20, 2012 11:44AM
Emily wrote: ""has no pull on the hearts of children'?? This was one of my favorite books as a kid! What kid wouldn't want to go on a train to the North Pole?!"
Emily, can you PROVE you were a child as a kid? : )
Ok, forgive my hyperbole, and rock on with loving whatever you love!
Dec 20, 2012 12:57PM
Haha well actually I was a bit of an old soul...just kidding but thanks!
Feb 15, 2013 03:48PM
Janine wrote: "Not to dissuade you from your opinion, but I'm curious if you read this when you were a child, or only as an adult? I do agree that it brings adults (especially sappy ones like me) the "warm fuzzi..."
Weighing in with my two bits. I *THINK* a librarian read this to me when I was in 1st grade, but I was never taught to believe in Santa Claus, so I never chimed in with the "I believe."
She was reading to a pretty tough crowd, too, since this was a Baptist school where "Frosty the Snowman" was taken off the list of approved carols because Frosty shows disrespect to a police officer. So... there ya go.
I think I remember liking the pictures, and really feeling the cold (a trick, since this was Houston) but still, the knowledge that it was all a crock took some away from the experience. I don't remember ever really disliking a book that was read to me, though.
Mar 07, 2013 05:21AM
Janine, your guess is correct - I did read it first as an adult. I am an inveterate skeptic and no doubt passed this along to my children.
Drowningmermaid, I love your personal story, thanks for sharing.
Oct 20, 2015 12:56PM
What a curmudgeon.
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